Sandra Renew

As poets we have special relationships with words. When I write I rely on finding the words to create an imaginative truth. And I want this imaginative truth to say something political. In this post-truth world our words have a new power and obligation. Now is not the time for shy words. Now we want to be Not Very Quiet …

I want my poetry to say something about the state of our world, a situation and condition we are bringing on ourselves. So my work is social critique and revolves around dissent, contradiction, dissonance; and I write about gender, violence, war, refugees and asylum, environment and climate change.

One of my favourite texts is Orlando by Virginia Woolf and it is full of the poetry of gender, the fluidity of femininities and masculinities.


screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-6-01-24-pmSandra Renew lives in Canberra and writes page poetry, tanka and tanka prose, and performance poetry.

Her poems are published in Australia and overseas in print and online journals. In 2015, she published One Last Border: poetry for refugees with Hazel Hall and Moya Pacey (Ginninderra Press). Her 2015 collection, Projected on the Wall, is available from Ginninderra Press. Her most recent collection is Who Sleeps at Night? (Ginninderra Press 2017). A new collection, The Orlando Files is forthcoming (Ginninderra Press 2018).

Her poem ‘Edit’ will be published and performed by Spineless Wonders at the Little Fictions live reading 14 March event (feminist stories) in Sydney.

Sandra will be a featured poet at the National Folk Festival – Spoken Word, with performances in ‘Poetry in the Round’, ‘Poets Breakfast’ and ‘Poetry in the Park’ (Canberra, 30 March – 2 April 2018).

She will also appear with Moya Pacey and Laurie MacDonald at the SeeChange Festival in Jervis Bay, NSW, 9-10 June 2018).

Read her poetry and find out more about her events at